Islamic Caucasus Emirates leader Doku Umarov vows to wage total war on Russia.
The leader of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Caucasus Emirates has recently vowed to wage total war and kill more Russian civilians.
In a videotape released yesterday by Kavkaz Center, a propaganda outlet of the Islamic Caucasus Emirates, Doku Umarov, the terror group’s emir, is seen sitting against a tree wearing camouflage and an ammunition vest. Propped against the tree next to Umarov is what appears to be a US-made M-16 assault rifle. Kavkaz Center provides a full English-language translation of Umarov’s statement, which is in Russian.
On the videotape, Umarov castigates the majority of Muslims for standing by idly while Russian security forces hunt down members of the Caucasus Emirate. Umarov compares the Muslims in the Caucasus to a group of black bulls who expel a white bull from the pack and in doing so weaken themselves to the wolves.
Umarov then defends his decision to release the videotape of Saifullah, the suicide bomber who carried out the deadly Jan. 24 suicide attack at Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow that killed 35 people and wounded scores more. Umarov says he received criticism for releasing the video, as a sister and brother of the suicide bomber were arrested, and he states that he only released the video after he was certain Russian authorities were aware of the terrorist’s identity.
Umarov took credit for the Domodedovo suicide attack in a video released less than two weeks after the attack. In that same video, he and Saifullah were seen with Khamzat, the commander of the Riyad-us-Saliheen Martyr Brigade.
In the video released yesterday, Umarov justifies the intentional targeting of civilians at Domodedovo, claiming the attack was part of “war” and is no different than Russian actions during the two Chechen wars.
“It [the Domodedovo attack] is war, that is war!,” Umarov said. “And the infidels, Putin and his stooges, his military stooges, knew that we did not have any fighter jets or Apache helicopters, that there were no anti-aircraft batteries at the airport. But an airport is a strategic facility which must be destroyed. Therefore, they attacked, dropped tons of bombs at the beginning of both wars.”
“So let Russia know that it is at war with Caucasian Muslims and that we strike back exactly on strategic targets, and that such strikes will continue in the future exactly on strategic targets!” he continued. “Everybody should know – war is war, and wars have their own methods, be they good or bad.”
For more information on the Islamic Caucasus Emirate and its war with Russia, see LWJ report, 35 killed in suicide attack at Moscow airport.